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ELDERLY VOICE: Adults still eager to learn new skills

New research just released by Saga to coincide with adult learners’ week reveals that older learners still have a thirst for knowledge and self-improvement. Seven in ten (71 per cent) of those that have taken a course over the past five years have done so to improve their skills, and with many over 50s now working well into their late ...

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DAY IN THE LIFE: All hands on deck for Spalding department store’s sale preparation

Hills Department Store is Spalding’s largest independent retailer. Bought by the Turner family in the 1950s, the company originally traded from Market Place in the unit now occupied by Lloyds Pharmacy. The current Broad Street location was purchased in the 1970s and today has more than 12,000sq ft of shopfloor space and employs over 50 local people. Main departments are ...

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Companion plants to protect your veg

When it comes to keeping bugs and diseases away from your vegetable crops, nature provides an army of little helpers to make the job that little bit easier. There are plenty of ways in which you can work with nature to help cultivate your crops successfully. For example, you can plant basil next to tomatoes to help ward off whitefly ...

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Attracting wildlife into your garden

Here are some top tips for encouraging wildlife into your garden Make space for water A pond (without fish) will support a wide range of animals and provide a place for amphibians and dragonflies to breed. If a pond is not practical, go for a bird bath or pebble fountain to provide drinking water. Leave perennials uncut until the spring ...

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Kindergarten aims to give children ‘home from home’

Providing a home from home where youngsters can feel safe and happy is the key to the success of Munchkins Kindergarten. The setting, based at St Peter’s Lodge, a converted house in Priory Road, Spalding, caters for youngsters aged from six weeks up to eight years and is the holder of the healthy childcare award and has a “good” Ofsted ...

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Talk about death at coffee mornings

People are being encouraged to talk about dying at a series of coffee mornings in funeral homes. Lincolnshire Co-op is holding a series of events as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week, from May 18 to 24, which aims to raise issues surrounding the end of life. The theme, “Talk, Plan, Live”, highlights that we only get one chance to ...

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FEATURE: What to do if you are in a road accident

As soon as your car is involved in an accident you need to take the following steps, regardless of who was at fault. If you are involved in a road-traffic accident as a driver and one or more of the following occurs: a person, other than yourself, is injured damage is caused to another vehicle or to someone else’s property ...

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HOME AND GARDEN: May’s the time to sow

As bulbs fade and herbaceous borders grow in leaps and bounds, it is now clear that summer is approaching. Sowing and planting out bedding can begin, depending on regional weather variations, and you can take softwood cuttings. It’s also time to get back into the lawn mowing regime, as the lawn will be loving the warmer temperatures this month brings. ...

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It’s St George’s Day

Today is St George’s Day – England’s national day and a day to celebrate what is great about England. But how much do you really know about St George, the patron saint of England? St George’s emblem, a red cross on a white background, is the flag of England, and part of the British flag. St George’s emblem was adopted ...

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Farming: Helping farmers to grow stronger and better crops

Is plant stress capping yields? This is a question often raised when discussing the use of bio-stimulants in crop production. It is known that stress is a major yield robber but it’s difficult to quantify by how much. Generally the healthier a plant is its ability to fight off infection is greatly improved which can result in lower usage of ...

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Commercial vehicles: Stay one step ahead and keep thieves out

Commercial vehicles and their contents are rich pickings for thieves and vandals so security should be a key concern. Wherever you park your van, its security features and van insurance are all things that should be uppermost in your mind as a van owner. Whether you’re buying a new van or looking to upgrade security on your current van, the ...

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A well-fitting saddle is a must for a happy horse

Why should I have my saddle checked? Having your saddle fitted is an important part of horse ownership. An ill-fitting saddles can cause no end of issues, both physical as well as behavioural. Has your horse started bucking, napping or rearing recently? Has he started to stop out jumping? Does he throw his head up in the air on upward ...

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Butcher is best when buying your meat

Consumers are being reminded that when it comes to buying their meat the #butcherisbetter! Butchers throughout the UK are gearing up for National Butchers Week (March 23-29), which aims to celebrate everything that is great about the high street butcher, reinforcing the fact that butchers remain the number one choice for range, service and convenience when it comes to purchasing ...

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Find out about pre-school funding

All three and four-year-olds in England are entitled to 570 hours of free early education or childcare a year. This is often taken as 15 hours each week for 38 weeks of the year. Some two-year-olds are also eligible. You can start claiming after your child turns three. The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday is. ...

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Little Stars puts your child’s safety and happiness first

Children’s happiness and safety are the be all and end all at one of the area’s newest pre-schools. Little Stars opened in September, but has already forged strong links with Surfleet Primary School, where it is located, to ensure a smooth transition to “big school” for its pre-schoolers. The pre-school occupies a mobile classroom within the grounds of the school ...

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Businesses galore on Wardentree Lane

The Wardentree Lane Industrial Estate has much to offer with its many branch roads, one of which, Cresswell Close, offers an abundance of businesses for both trade and private customers. Here are just a few of the great businesses you will find on the L-shaped cul-de-sac. If you are looking to improve your home with new curtains or carpets then ...

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Classic Curtains branching out

Pinchbeck firm Classic Curtains is branching out with a new range of services including paint, wallpaper and bespoke soft furnishings. The business, which has been trading from its Cresswell Close address for 25 years, came under new ownership in December when Lisa Woodcock and Mark Slater took over. The company already specialised in curtains, blinds, pelmets, cushions, bed runners and ...

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Is the Motability scheme for you?

Motability is a national charity set up, with all-party parliamentary support, in 1977 and incorporated by Royal Charter. Its objective is to help disabled people with their personal mobility. The Motability Scheme enables disabled people to use their government-funded mobility allowance to lease a car, powered wheelchair or scooter. Recipients of either the Higher Rate Mobility Component (HRMC) of Disability ...

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Crowland is thriving market town with good transport links

Crowland is situated in the very south of the county. A thriving market town, Crowland supports a population of approximately 4,200 with the majority of the residents living within the town itself. The town is a pleasant mix of older properties surrounding the Trinity Bridge and Crowland Abbey and several large modern housing estates on the edges which overlook the ...

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Apprenticeships: Get paid while you study for new career

As an apprentice you will be employed, earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Anyone living in England, over 16 years-old and not in full-time education can apply, whether you are just leaving school, have been working for years or are seeking to start a new career. You just need to be living in England ...

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